Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, the first black woman and black British person to win it. A #1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks, it spent 44 weeks in the Top 10, has sold over a million copies and been a bestseller in many other languages. In 2021, she published a memoir, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, her first non-fiction book. As an arts activist she has set up many arts inclusion projects and curates a black British literature publishing series with Penguin UK. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, an International Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and President of the Royal Society of Literature – the first person of colour to hold the position since it was founded in 1820.